ART

SIBLINGS SIREN SONG

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Novelist and Madison resident Chloe Benjamin is elated to ring in the new year. When January begins, her second book, “The Immortalists,” will be published.

A FRESH TAKE ON OPERA

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Thanks to Melanie Cain, her husband Frank and their company Fresco Opera Theatre, perceptions of what opera is—and whom it’s meant for—are changing.

CHILDREN’S DELIGHT

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Children’s Theater of Madison Erica Berman helps to ensure both families and organizations alike can experience the talent, passion, and cultural differences within the local arts scene.

GILDED WINGS

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A decade-long professional dance career taught former prima ballerina and Madison native Rachelle Butler a vital lesson.

FOR LOVE OF PEOPLE AND PLACE

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The once spare area is transforming into a spectacular green space highlighting the beauty of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union and the Red Gym and recognizing the broad contributions from UW Madison’s storied history: Its alumni.

EMOTIVE VERSE

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“As the saying goes, you can’t swing a dead cat in this city without hitting a writer,” poet Rita Mae Reese says, chuckling. Her light drawl and candid demeanor, and a dose of Southern charm, reflect her upbringing in Charleston, West Virginia.